Separation, divorce or the breakdown of a relationship for an unmarried couple all have the potential to cause considerable distress for any children involved. Wherever possible we help negotiate arrangements that not only meet the needs of the children but also provide both parents with the means to adjust to their new situation, without undue disturbance.
If agreement cannot be reached we can help with preparations to assist the court with any orders that are made. These can cover residence orders, contact orders and prohibited steps orders (which encompass restrictions on a child being removed from their country of residence).
We also deal with parental responsibility for both married and unmarried couples. In the case of married couples, both parents have responsibility of their children whereas with unmarried couples, only the mother has parental responsibility. However, if the father is named on the child's birth certificate and the child was born after December 2003, the father can obtain parental responsibility.
IMPORTANT ISSUES TO CONSIDER:
The children must come first. What is most convenient for the children (i.e. distance from school. It may not be convenient for the children to move far away from their school and travel a long journey).
Which parent has more free time to look after the children and spend quality time with them, and on what days.
How circumstances may change in the future.